Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 6, 1971 · Page 28
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if B-12 Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, January 6, 1971 Don Plarski Sports Editor Cowboys have hit stride There are several things abnul Ihr upcomhu' game on Jan. 17 that a person has In like. Take Dallas. The Cowboys losl to the Cardinals bv an overwhelming 38-0 score. That: was probably the turning point .In their season. After that, they went on a rampage that hasn't stopped yet. The Cowboys have now put it all together. Their defense has jelled and the offense has been just effective enough to get enough points on the Scoreboard. Not overpowering but jtfst enough. You have to like rookit; running back Dnane Thomas the way he has performed the last few weeks. The defensive backfield of Herb Adderly, Cornell Green, Mel Renfro and rookie Charley Waters has been doing the job. Such stalwarts as linchack Lee Hey Jordan, tackle Hob Lilly, offensive guard John Niland and linebacker Chuck Howlcy are playing with renewed life. If there is one weak spot in the Cowboy allack. il is at quarterback where Craig Morton and siihsliliitc linger Stanbach are capable but not world-beaters. On the Baltimore side, linebacker Mike Curtis on defense and the master, Johnny Unitas, on offense are the leaders. Throw in two other standouts, defensive end Bnbha Smith and running back Norm Bulaich, and you have as good personnel as the Cowboys. My choice? The Cowboys. Perhaps for sentimental reasons because Dallas is in the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference. Perhaps because the (lowboys have hit their peak at a time when that pe; ( k is necessary. Hut, the same can he said of the Colts. They, too, are playing with confidence arid effectiveness both ways. Baltimore's offense may be just a shade better than the Cowboys what with Johnny U at the controls. He was simply at his best last Sunday against Oakland. Could he a dandy This eould be one of the best Super Bowls yet. The Colls have the edge at quarterback, the most, important position on any pro football team. The way the Cowboys ran against San Francisco was Impressive. "This is the way we look most of the lime," said Coach Tom Lanclry. "We run well and we play good defense." That defense, called "Doomsday Defense" by some people, gave up a touchdown last Sunday against, the 4f)crs. That's news, for Dallas hadn't given up a TD in 23 previous quarters. Thomas gained 143 yards in 27 carries in a workhorse exhibition. He scored the big touchdown after Jordan intercepted a John Brodie pass on the SF 13. That put il, away. "He's an oxrellcnl running back, no question about it." said 49er coach Dick Nolan of Thomas. "With his ability and the rest of their running game, he becomes a big weapon." ' The "rest of the running game" was due, in large part, to Walt Garrison. He helped by contributing 71 yards in 17 1 carries to take some of the pressure off Thomas. Garrison came out of the game with a chipped collar bone and a sprained ankle. He'll be ready for the big one, however with two weeks of much-needed rest. lie played the second half of the game with both injuries. The Colts seem to have the edge in the running game with Thomas and Garrison. Yet, the player who could become the key to a Dallas win is a player who has become almost forgotten in the light of Thomas' running. You remember him. He was the rookie of the year last season in the league. His name? Calvin Hill. Plagued by a series of nagging injuries, Hill has not . been the same this season. .' When he won top rookie hon; ors last season, he gained ;, 942 yards rushing, 232 on pass receptions and threw three touchdowns, two of them going for touchdowns. Now, it appears the player who took his place, Thomas, will become, the NFC's rookie , of the year. Hill could become the key if misfortune hits Hie (Jolts in ;; the Super Bowl game. You know full well Hill will be • ready. Ready to prove he's just as good this .season as he was last year. This season, Hill ran for 577 yards and had 95 on passes. A pretty good figure but not one Hill is satisfied with. CALVIN HILL (in Ihe bench HIGH SCHOOL LOCAL Roxanu 71, Hiijhland 7(1 Granite City 70, Mailismi til) East SI. L'liiib C3. IH-llcvilli: Althoff 45 Southwestern <i7, (iilli.",pl-.: :,>s Ciilhoun (il, Ciri^Ksvilli.- !. ; 7 Perry 80, brus-sols M OTHHKS Lake View C5, Lain; Tut h (i.) KID Mascoutuh 47. O'J-'ullou -r.! /\Viston 78. CoullervllU: :>.<> , Lebanon 48, Kruclnirj; 42 Southeast 8!i, Mt. /Mm <M Falrfleld 65 Ml. Ciirmcl 57 Carmi 74 Luwrcncevillo M Noknmis 81, Mt. Olive 47 Diverncn 70, Puwnue d.'i Raymond 79, Cjirard :i!i Petersburg Porvu Kl, Kinvind 4!) Routt 87, Milton Eui.t 1'iku GU DuSablB 93, LinUblom 47 Tilden 74, Harper .in liak-s Franciscan 12, J-urca^ul 56. Tuesday's College But>kutbull Eust Providence 98, Rhode Is. Vi Suulh Furman 84, Davidson 75 Appalachian 85, W. Caro. 73 New Orleans, Loyola 11!, Hawaii 104 Midwest St. Louts U. 84, SO. Illinois 70 Villaiiova SM. No. Dak. St. 01 Moorfjead, Minn. St. 45, St. Cloud 39 Northwestern 74, Australian Nationals 71 Bail state 95, Dubuque 70 Eariham 81, Marian 88 Minnesota 92, Niagara 87, OT Harauette 78, Chicago Loy. 63 So. ai.-EdwardsviUe 96, Jll.- .Siuilhwi'sl Oklahoma I Hi, Arl'.aiiiins Havlur I l.'i, Sul Koss 7V l-'m- U'i'.sl 10(1 I. .SI. fill, V. Listen found dead; no foul play seen Star I of a John liiivlic.ck (17) of Hie Boston Celtics starts up court ;is teammate Davo Cowens grabs a rebound and readies in pass to start a fast break in the first quarter ol' Tuesday night's game with Portland in Philadelphia as Ilio. first game of a (iouhle-hcadrr. Also irying for (ho rebound is Dale JSchlueter (51) of rortland. (AI* Wirephoto) strea Then injuries began plaguing him and he's boon ever since. He's healthy now but Thomas has laken his job. You just know he's chomping at the bit to get into a inline. Ik' didn't play at all against San Francisco. "I'm sorry I didn't got to play," Hill said over Ihe din of his shouting teammates in the, dressing room following the Cowboys' win over the 4!)ers Sunday. "I feel great for the team but, personally, I wisli I could have played." Dallas faces the same problem in the Colts that it did against San Francisco — going against a good quarterback. "I don't think anyone is going to shut Brodie off," said Landry at'tor the game. "Our plan was 1« keep him from burning us. We did it by keeping him under pressure all Ihe time." The Cowboys will need a lot of pressure come Jan. 17. Would you believe Cowboys 2(1, Colts 17, in sudden death overtime! BASKETBALL SCORES lly liltUCl-: LOWITT Associated Press Sports Writer Marqueltc'K third-ranked, undefeated Warriors wasted no lime rolling to their 22nd s u c c e s s i v e victory—the nation's longest streak—while No. 14 Villanova waited until the intermission was over to post an impressive triumph. The Warriors, 10-0 this season, racked up 10 tiraight points early in the pimo en route to a 78-01! trouncing of Chicago Loyola in Tuesday n i £ \\ t ' s (op collegiate basketball game. But the Wildcats, leading North Dakota State by a slim 43-37 margin at the break, smothered the host Bisons with a second-half /one defense and stormed to a 9461 victory, their 10th in 13 games. In oilier major hoopla, Furman handed Davidson its first Southern Conference setback in 3li games, H4-7!i; SI. Louis University turned back Soul h e r n Illinois 84-70; Minnesota rallied for a 92-87 o v e r t i m e victory over Niagara; Oklahoma oulseored Arkansas 115-110; Kasl Carolina shelled Hiehinond 79(13 and New Olreans Loyola hung on to turn back hard- t'hargiiu! Hawaii 111-10-1. Chicago Loyola led (i-4 when Marquelte ran off its 10-poinl siring to cruise to a 44-:M halt'liine spread. Sophomore center .liiii ('hones pumped in 27 points and Dean l\1emiiu;cr added 17 as Hie Warriors lied their own record for successive victories, set in Hie 1954-!)!) season. North Dakota Stale hil 53 per ceul of its first-half field I'.nal a t t e m p I s before Villauova's louj^li defense forced the Bison lo shoot from the outside, where their accuracy fell apart. Clarence Smith's 21 points, Tom Ingelsby's I!) and Hank Siemiontkowski's 18 paced Villanova while Mike Kuppieh scored 21 for NDS. Furman's Paladins put together a balanced attack with five players in double figures to drop Davidson's season mark lo (i-3 and ils conference record to 3-1. Funiuin, also (i-3 over-all, is 2-0 in loop play, lluss Hunt was the top Paladin with 17 points and Steve Kirley the Davidson leader with 16. St. Louis, trailing 2(1-21 with 0:41 to play in the first half, hit, 14 consecutive points to lake a 38-30 halftime lead, then expanded it lo as many as 18 points in the second session. The Billikens were paced by Carlos Marline/' 22 points while Greg Slarrick was high for the SIU Salukis with 20. Ollie Shannon sal out Minnesota's first half with an ankle injury, then hit. 15 second-half points as the Gophers, back by as many as eighl, knotted the score 75- 7f> at tin 1 end of regulation play. Jim Brewer, who led the winners will) 24 points, put them ahead lo stay with their first two field goals of the overtime. Al Williams had 27 for Niagara. Vei'iion Murphy of Arkansas broke school records with 19 free throws ami 23 free throw allompts—but. his game-high 33 points weren't enough to cool off the Sooners, who scored Iho most points in their history, Bobby .lack hit 27 for Oklahoma. Kasl Carolina's Pirales held Richmond without a point for nearly 1(1 minutes while scoring 22 of their own, shooling a six./ling VI per cent in the second ruilf. Jim Fairley's 21 points paced the Pirates. Mike Anastasio had 18 for the Spiders. New Orleans Loyola shot 71 per cent from the field in the first half to build a G3-50 halftime lead, only to have Hawaii tie the score at 100-100 before the Wolfpack, led by Ty Marioneaux' 31 points, pulled .away. Al Davis of the Rainbows was the top point man with I!ii. In other action, South Alabama defeated Pepperdinc 74(18 to capture the Senior Bowl tourney's championship and Trinity University of San Antonio, Tex., beat Virginia Military Institute 95-70 in the consolation game, heavily favored Providence -blew a 27- point halftime lead before beating Rhode Island 98-92, N o r I h w e s t c r n beat the Australian Nationals 74-71, Baylor walloped Sul Ross 11577, Buffalo Slate beat Albany State 00-5!! and East Stroudsburg belted Scranton 108-89 in the championship semifinals of the Pocono ('lassie and Wisconsin-Green Bay nipped Stetson G7-(i(i for the Stetson-Hatter Invitational crown. LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston was found dead by his wife in their luxurious desert home Tuesday night. Authorities said he may have been dead a week. Geraldine Liston found her 38-year-old husband's body lying across a cushioned bench and their bed in the master bedroom of their $60,000 home, Clark County sheriff's deputies said. Lt. Bud Gregg said today there was no suspicion of foul pla"y. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death. Liston's ring career spanned the years 1953-1970. Once considered the strongest of all heavyweights, he won boxing's most cherished crown with a stunning first- round knockout of Floyd Patterson in Chicago on Sept. 25, 1962. Liston defended his title twice. He knocked out Patterson in another one-round victory and then lost the crown in a seven-round defeat by Cassius Clay, now known as Muhammad AH, Feb. 25, 1964. Gregg said Liston apparently was undressing to go to bed when he flopped straight back with such force that a rail of the bench was broken. He was wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Gregg said other clothes were found nearby and that an unfired pistol in a holster was on the dresser in the upstairs bedroom. A fingernail file was on the bed under Liston's 6-foot-l body. The split-level home in the Paradise Valley residential area two miles east of the Las Vegas Strip has a swimming pool and is next to a golf course. Gregg said Mrs. Liston found the body between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. after she had returned from St. Louis, where she was visiting her mother. Gregg said Mrs. Liston left Las Vegas Dec. 26, and after she was not able to reach her husband by telephone, returned home. She told friends of Liston's death before authorities were notified. Deputies said Liston was in a n automobile accident Thanksgiving day in Las Vegas, was hospitalized for chest injuries and facial cuts, was released, but later was readmitted to the hospital when he complained of the chest injuries. In losing to Clay, Liston fought a listless six rounds, then saw his title slip away when he failed to answer the bell for the start of the seventh round. He claimed he suffered an arm injury. He was blasted to the deck by Clay's mysterious ''phantom punch" in Lewiston, Maine, on May 25, 19C5, in a rematch. Some thought it was the punch that ended Liston's career but he launched a comeback in 1966 and at his death had a record of 47-3. Liston, 38, was almost con- stantly in the news, either because of his stunning ring exploits that included 36 knockouts or because of his frequents ruins with the law. "I have been in the limelight two ways—good and bad," he once said. "Ever since I was born I've been fighting for my life." Even before his pro boxing career began, he was involved with the law. "One night we wanted to do something exciting," he recently admitted. "We stuck up a restaurant and I wound up in jail." He served time in the Missouri State Penitentiary in the 1952 holdup. Another term came in 1957. All through his career," including his championship years, he was in trouble with the law. He was arrested an estimated 20 times on various charges. Most recently, it was in connection with possession of a weapon. He had a me <t, fearsome scowl but was known as gentle and friendly out of the ring. Clay called him "The Ugly Bear" and Sonny later said the defeat that lots him the title also lost him his dignity and his pride. It was the left arm that failed him—as medical reports later showed —but the word "quitter" hurt Liston and some say that day in Miami Beach when he lost his title was the last time boxing saw the real Sonny Liston. The last time he fought, however, put him out of the ring for good. On Dec. 6, 1969, he dropped to the canvas in the ninth round against little-known Leotis Martin and never came back. On his rise to fame, Liston, a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., beat Wayne Bethea, Cleveland Williams, Zora Folley, Eddie Machen and Roy Harris. He is survived by his wife Geraldine. Profile of ex-champ: he was good and bad By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Spojrts Writer "I have been in the limelight two ways—good and bad," Charles "Sonny" Liston said. And though the big burly heavyweight champion with the frightening scowl was little more than semi-literate, no more accurate appraisal of the heavyweight champion of the world has ever been made. It could also be said that Liston had records—one inside the boxing ring and one outside, on the other side of the law. And Liston had an explanation for that, also piercingly accurate. "Ever since I was born I've been fighting to stay alive." And Liston did achieve success by fighting to stay alive, using his huge fists to batter men insensible, inside a 20- foot ring and under the strict regulations imposed by boxing rules. At one time, despite his continuing brushes with police, he held the exhalted title in sports —heavyweight champion of the world. And he was respected. He had dispatched Floyd Patterson in two fights totaling less than five minutes. He had stepped into the limelight as a devastating fighter. It wasn't long, however, before the limelight shifted to a young, brash, good-looking, pory-sprouting boxer named Cassius Clay. And Liston once again was cast as the brute, the bad guy. Liston often tried to explain his bad guy countenance. "I try to look tough because I'm trying to get the scare on the other guy. And the way some • of those suckers fight I guess they are scared. "A boxing match is like a cowboy movie. There's got to be good guys and there's got to be bad guys. That's what the people pay for—to see the bad guys get beat. So I'm a bad guy. But I change things. I don't get beat." Except four times—to a guy named Marty Marshall, who made him laugh; Clay, who made him frown, twice, and to -Leotis Martin in the twilight of his career. Liston started life without a silver spoon. There may not even have been any kind of spoon on the little cotton farm outside of Little Rock, Ark. His late father was married twice, and Sonny was the product of the second marriage. In all there were 25 products. "I had nothing when I was a kid but a lot of brothers and sisters, a helpless mother, and a father who didn't care about any of us. We grew up with few clothes, no shoes, little to eat," he explained simply. "My father worked me hard and whipped me hard. If he missed a day, I'd feel like saying: 'How come you didn't whip me today?'" • Then he would add solemnly: "You know what I often wonder about? Where were all these people who work with kids when I was growing up." Trouble followed. "My first serious trouble came when I got mixed up with a bad crowd," he explained. "One night we wanted to do something exciting. We stuck up a restaurant and I wound up in jail." In 1952 he began serving his first prison term, at the Missouri State Penitentiary. He spent another term, in jail in 1957 and was arrested some 20 times, even while he wore the erown of the heavyweight champion. "I didn't mind prison," he said. "It was the first time in my life I got three square meals a day." It also was the first time he was taken in hand. Liston finally found a friend, the Rev. Alois Stevens, who was the athletic director of the Missouri Penitentiary. Liston's antagonistic attitudes toward the world were naturally, enough, channeled to boxing. His fists were big, he was big and there always was that , menacing look in his eyes. At a weigh-in for one of his fights, his opponent, Albeit Westphal, said to Liston: "You can talk to me. I'm your friend. Why do you look so angry?" "You'll find out tonight," Liston retorted. Westphal found out 118 seconds after the fight began, when he was knocked out. There was a long string of knockouts as he began to climb up the ladder toward the heavyweight championship. No one could contend with the dynamite in his hands. And until Clay came along, his only defeat in 38 fights was a decision by Marshall the second year of his pro career in 1954. He fought 52 bouts, winning 48—37 by knockouts—and losing four times. 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